Extraterrestrial basil? Maybe so. In a couple of years, NASA hopes to have terrestrial plants growing on the surface of our moon in order to study the viability of agriculture there. In the long term, it may be a step toward understanding our chances of successfully colonizing celestial bodies beyond Earth.
Before you ask how they plan to do this, though, we’re not just dusting the surface of the moon with seeds. Instead, specially-contained growth environments will be sent on a commercial spacecraft known as the Moon Express lander, mocked up in CG above. With their own growth medium and water reservoir, scientists will monitor the plants’ progress for around a week in hopes of understanding how radiation and reduced gravity on the lunar surface can impact vegetation.
Giant leap? Maybe not quite yet. But it’s certainly a step in the right direction—the direction where I get to live comfortably on Mars with a quaint greenhouse. Click through for the full story. —MN
Have you ever watched yourself during a whole day to see what you actually reacted to or were emotionally affected by? Over the course of the day it might be: ‘Oh, no, another day! I nicked myself shaving and then my shoelace broke! It‘s so cold. The car won’t start. Now I’ll be late. They’re mad at me for being late. I don’t feel like doing this today. I‘m feeling very tired. I can’t wait to go home. There’s so much traffic. That fool can’t even drive straight. This house is such a mess and dinner is cold. There’s nothing good on TV; how can there be so many channels and nothing good on any of them? I‘m so tired but I can’t get to sleep. I‘ll never get to sleep. God, I’ve got to get up soon.’
Those aspects of life that actually pertain to dharma and service never really bother us. What bothers us are little, insignificant, temporary things. Because of silly, easily forgettable incidentals we have a rotten day. Once we just drop it and stop caring about all the inconsequential stuff, we suddenly have the energy and time to be of true service.
—D.R. Butler (via shaktilover)